Sedona's Lanning Gallery showcases travel-sized fine art

Bird nests in three dimensions figure in this exhibition with works by Phil Lichtenhan who scavenges for found wire, etc. much as a bird itself scavenges for its own found materials.

Bird nests in three dimensions figure in this exhibition with works by Phil Lichtenhan who scavenges for found wire, etc. much as a bird itself scavenges for its own found materials.

A unique new exhibition opens at Sedona's Lanning Gallery, making the summer season a bit easier for travelers, and easily accessible for locals.

On Aug. 1, the gallery opens "Fine Art: Travel Size" with a reception from 5-8 p.m. to put the spotlight on diminutive art.

While the gallery offers fine art in all sizes, including monumental sculptures for indoors or out and paintings that can fill a wall, there are also tiny gems among them.

Many are by the same artists who work in varying sizes, some by artists who specialize in the small, all representing the skills and vision of artists who understand what it takes to draw a viewer's attention in with limited space to do so.

In other words, less can be more.

Artist Judith Monroe offers six-inch square mixed media scenes of Sedona's landscape executed with her singular technique of using underlying photographic transfers captured on transparent film of acrylic medium.

Additional acrylic, collage, pencils, glazes and pastels are then added prior to a final coat of varnish.

The result is surprisingly life-like images with "you-are-there" immediacy. Clients have purchased single pieces for a niche as well as half a dozen for unique groupings.

Small paintings are also one of the gifts artist Cynthia Reid offers her collectors: Her Bird Nest series includes oil paintings as small as five inches square, each in an elegant wide frame.

Bird nests in three dimensions figure in this exhibition with works by Phil Lichtenhan who scavenges for found wire, etc. much as a bird itself scavenges for its own found materials.

Surprisingly elegant works, Lichtenhan completes each nest by adding realistic hand-made ceramic eggs, firmly affixed to allow for wall hanging if desired.

Bill Colligen's award-winning gourd sculptures, "Zen Vessels" as he calls them, come in diminutive sizes as do bronze figures by Howard Hitchcock, famous for his sophisticated humor.

Exquisite jewelry from Michael Grant, Valerie Ostenak and Jennifer Defoe is always easy to carry home, their rich history of collectors and awards endorsing the fact that any piece, whether acquired on a vacation or staycation, would serve as a reminder of the fine art Sedona has to offer. "Fine Art: Travel Size" through Aug. 10.

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Lanning Gallery, 928-282-6865, mail@lanninggallery.com, www.lanninggallery.com. Located at Hozho, 431 S.R. 179, Sedona. Open daily: 10-6 Mon-Sat; 11-5 Sun.

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